These days, it's hard to find even novice investors who don't know who Warren Buffett is.
And that's how it should be. The guy made his fortune from basically nothing, and he proves over and over again that the money hasn't gone to his head. He eschews the flashy ways of Wall Street, still lives in the modest home he bought decades ago, and he's famously giving almost all his fortune to charity.
But investors shouldn't make the mistake of thinking Buffett is the only one who has accomplished such feats. If you're looking to learn from our time's best investors, its worth looking into the world's second-richest man: Carlos Slim (Buffett is third, and Bill Gates is first, currently).
A brief overview of Slim's life story shows that he had many of the same experiences and talents as Buffett, and they're all worth emulating. There is, however, one big area in which the two diverge. To find out, check out the slideshow below.